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The Retirement of Ricky Williams

So how are we to remember Ricky Williams? Is it as the man who was part of the dumbest draft day trade when Mike Ditka convinced the New Orleans Saints to give up their ENTIRE draft to get him? Is it as the guy who foolishly cost himself millions by signing Master P as an agent and signed one of the dumbest deals in history. Is it as the eccentric introvert who likely never really loved football and would rather smoke weed? Or maybe as the man who led the NFL in rushing yards in 2002? Maybe it is a…
Ten years ago when Nipplegate happened, I missed it completely. I was at a friend's house with six other guys and we played poker through most of the Halftime Show. The women, came downstairs to watch the Halftime Show, but long story short, through twelve sets of unfocused eyes, Janet Jackson's left¬†nipple was not seen by my pizza guzzling bunch. Yesterday, it happened again. This time I watched the game at home with my wife, who only wanted to watch the Halftime show. This time while watching, we again missed it, this time it was the extended middle finger…
Super Bowl Analysis. Since we can find that anywhere, we thought we would give our brief Hall of Fame related (and what we plan to be annual) look at three Super Bowl participants who saw their Hall of Fame stock go up, and three who we think saw enshrinement take a step back..... Canton Stock (on the rise) 1. Eli Manning Obvious choice, isn't it. Two Super Bowl rings in which he defeated Tom Brady, defeated playoff teams on the road and got better when the lights got brighter. His ticket may be punched already. 2. Tom Coughlin Now why…
....and it shocked us a bit. Six names have been selected to enter Canton, Ohio as the newest Hall of Fame Class. As part of our tradition, let's take a look at who got in.....and who didn't. IN: (with our ranking in brakets) Curtis Martin. (#2) Our highest ranked non-senior candidate was a stat machine for the Jets and Patriots and had the statistical resume to back it up. Easily, the offensive star of this class. Willie Roaf. (#4) It was only a matter of time for Roaf, and it had to be assumed that either he or Shields would…

RIP: Don Cornelius

We lost a legend today in Don Cornelius, who was the Host and Producer of the television program, Soul Train. The show was a national vehicle, enabling many African American artists to gain exposure that they would not normally receive. Soul Train filled a void on television and created an impact still felt today. Cornelius died at the age of 75 due to an apparent suicide.
Gang, we are not shy about our distaste for the "Celebrity Wing" of the WWE Hall of Fame. Combined the four inductees have competed in two matches and would have less than three hours of TV time (the majority of which was Bob Uecker's appearances at Wrestlemania 2 and 3). With that said, if they are going to have this wing, the least they could have are people who have given more of their time to the WWE. We finally have a celebrity inductee we can finally justify. Mike Tyson was not just the special "enforcer" at the main event…

A Shoutout to DDT

Gang, I would like to ask a favor if I could. Actually, I would like to do you all a favor. If you haven't done so already, check out the DDT's Pop Flies tab on the top. He has provided some great material for the site and it is always a good read! Check his page often and prepare to be entertained!

Jorge Posada Retires

Now this one intruiges us a lot. Longtime New York Yankees Catcher, Jorge Posada retired today. An article on ESPN claimed he should be looked at as a Hall of Famer. We aren't so sure. Posada was a great player, of this there should be no doubt, but a Hall of Famer? Posada was not the best Yankee, and we aren't thinking of him as the best Catcher of his time. He hit for power, but did not reach 300. He did not come close to 2,000 hits and his career WAR, while decent at 44.7 is not an automatic…

RIP: Joe Paterno

The last few months of Joe Paterno's life could not have been good. Forced out of Penn State amidst the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the winningest coach in College Football History failed to leave coaching with the dignity that he always showcased on the field. It is a shame that many will remember him for his mistake as opposed to the 409 wins and 250 players he sent to the NFL. Today, we will refelct on Joe Paterno, the man, coach, and the father figure to many. Joe will be missed.

RIP: Etta James

The world of music lost a great one when we lost Etta James, who passed away from a myriad of ailments. James' brought the world smoe of the smoothest and most sultry R&B music ever and her blueprint is all over many modern Rock and Roll divas. Like many of her era, her music was forgotten, but in the last twenty years, her music has been "rediscovered" of sorts, and her place in Rock history is secure. The legend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and she will be missed.